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George Eliot’s Lot

David Kurnick

in Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151519
eISBN:
9781400840090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on George Eliot's tangled engagement with the drama. It begins with an analysis of the mutual constitution of theatricalized space and characterological interiority in Romola ... More


Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Isobel Hurst

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book brings together two lines of enquiry in recent criticism: the reception of ancient Greece and Rome, and women as writers and readers in the 19th century. A classical education has been ... More


Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

Amy M. King

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161519
eISBN:
9780199787838
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Starting from the botanical crazes inspired by Linnaeus in the 18th century, and exploring the variations it spawned — natural history, landscape architecture, polemical battles over botany's ... More


Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Kent Puckett

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195332759
eISBN:
9780199868131
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332759.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

While everyone knows that the nineteenth-century novel is obsessed with gaffes, lapses, and blunders, who could have predicted that these would have so important a structural role to play in the ... More


George Eliot, Originality, and Plagiarism

Robert Macfarlane

in Original Copy: Plagiarism and Originality in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199296507
eISBN:
9780191711916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296507.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on George Eliot's Impressions of Theophrastus Such. It argues that Impressions should not be understood as a full-blown assault on the doctrines of originality and authenticity. ... More


A Peculiar Compassion: George Eliot and Gwendolen Harleth

Michiel Heyns

in Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182702
eISBN:
9780191673870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182702.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers George Eliot's last novel and last heroine as a manifestation of duality. In Daniel Deronda, Gwendolen Harleth is a participant in a conflict of which she is ultimately the ... More


The Renaissance and Regeneration George Eliot

J. B. BULLEN

in The Myth of the Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128885
eISBN:
9780191671722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128885.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

George Eliot’s Romola occupies a unique place in the nineteenth-century historiography of the Renaissance. Written in the early 1860s, the novel comes approximately midway between the negative ... More


Wordsworth at Full-length: George Eliot

Stephen Gill

in Wordsworth and the Victorians

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119654
eISBN:
9780191671180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119654.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

George Eliot's relationship with William Wordsworth was always ardent and strong. By her twentieth birthday in 1839 she had read at least half of his poems and the associated prose and throughout the ... More


Women, Risk, and Intellectual Property: Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot in the 1860s

Clare Pettitt

in Patent Inventions - Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199253203
eISBN:
9780191719172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253203.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In March 1856, a petition was presented in the British Parliament, by Lord Brougham in the Upper House and by Sir Erskine Perry in the Commons. The petition called for property rights for married ... More


Eliot's Vernaculars: Natural Objects and Revisionary Blooms

Amy M. King

in Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161519
eISBN:
9780199787838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter traces the way George Eliot's novels extend the courtship plot to nonmarital sexuality, or what Linnaeus called “clandestine marriage.” It explores how 19th-century natural history and ... More


Looking Good: Style and Its Absence in George Eliot

Kent Puckett

in Bad Form: Social Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195332759
eISBN:
9780199868131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332759.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

George Eliot’s most successful characters tend to show a marked disdain for the fluctuations of fashion. Felix Holt, Dorothea Brooke, Daniel Deronda: all of these are represented as figures who ... More


Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Jane Wood

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

In what was once described as ‘the century of nerves’, a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This ... More


George Eliot’s Science Fiction

Ian Duncan

in Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691175072
eISBN:
9780691194189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175072.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This concluding chapter focuses on George Eliot's Middlemarch. The main business of Middlemarch, formulated as the premise of its opening rhetorical question, is with a scientific project, “the ... More


Melodies for the Forgetful: Eliot, Wagner, and Duration (Elongated Form)

Nicholas Dames

in The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the problem of elongated artistic forms — forms whose length makes continuous, heightened attention impossible and acts of recollection difficult — by triangulating Richard ... More


George Eliot and the Cambridge Ethos

John Beer

in Providence and Love: Studies in Wordsworth, Channing, Myers, George Eliot, and Ruskin

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184362
eISBN:
9780191674228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184362.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter focuses on George Eliot. It discusses how Wordsworth offered a point of stability as she modified and retreated from her Christian orthodoxy, her partnership with George Henry Lewes, and ... More


Greek Heroines and the Wrongs of Women

Isobel Hurst

in Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the use of Greek heroines such as Medea, Antigone, and Alcestis, and historical figures like Xantippe and Aspasia, to explore feminist issues in the work of George Eliot, Eliza ... More


Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction

Michiel Heyns

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182702
eISBN:
9780191673870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182702.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book examines the notion that the realist novel reinforces existing social structures through its techniques of representation. It depicts the 19th-century literary scapegoat — the ostensible ... More


Scenes from Professional Life: Medicine, Moral Conduct, and Interconnectedness in Middlemarch

Margaret Pelling

in Politics and Culture in Victorian Britain: Essays in Memory of Colin Matthew

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199253456
eISBN:
9780191698149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253456.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter examines the contemporary significance of Middlemarch, a book written by George Eliot. The main focus has been on scientific ideas or research, or medicine in its public aspect. Still in ... More


George Eliot's Romola: Positivist or Joachimist?

Gould Warwick and Reeves Marjorie

in Joachim of Fiore

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242306
eISBN:
9780191697081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242306.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Theology

While declaring her approval of the Positivist science, George Eliot shows herself to be already pondering on the lessons of history and the relation of the historical stages of progress to the ... More


Wishfulness: The Mill on the Floss, Bion, Phillips, Feminist and Queer of Color Critique

Alicia Mireles Christoff

in Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691193106
eISBN:
9780691194202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691193106.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses The Mill on the Floss and W. R. Bion that both care about sympathy and render it as paramystical and real, as a kind of unconscious communication. It points out fantasies of ... More


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